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Direct Admissions

"I am thrilled that Naropa University will be offering Direct Admissions to talented high school seniors. We support eliminating administrative barriers to higher education and this is an important step to welcome more learners, healers, and globally-minded thinkers to our university starting Fall 2025.”
Ann Marie Klotz
Vice President for Development, Enrollment & Student Success

Naropa University adopts a contemplative approach to education and believes all students have the right to an accessible and transformative education. Direct Admissions supports this approach by eliminating barriers of entry for qualified students, and streamlining the enrollment process. Proactive admission allows Naropa University to reach students who may not think a contemplative education is within their reach.

After recommendation by their home institution or an educational advocate, students learn about their admission and scholarship offers, and details on how to accept those. If a student chooses to apply with this non-binding admissions offer, they don’t have to pay an application fee and aren’t required to enroll if they apply. Naropa University reviews all student applications to verify their accuracy and ensure the students’ applications meet admission requirements.

Two Ways to Participate in Direct Admissions at Naropa University

High school student guidance counselors, advisors, advocates, teachers, and administrators identify qualified students and recommend them for direct admissions through the Naropa University Direct Admission Advocate Recommendation form. Advocate recommendations can be made at any time during or after a student’s senior year of high school but before the student has enrolled in college. Decisions are processed, and students notified within 3-5 business days.

College Student advisors, faculty, advocates, and administrators identify qualified students and recommend them for direct admissions through the Naropa University Direct Admission Advocate Recommendation form. Advocate recommendations can be made at any time during the course of collegiate study. Decisions are processed, and students notified within 3–5 business days. Official transcript evaluations are issued 5–7 business days following receipt of official transcripts, 75 credit transfer maximum.

Direct Admission Qualifications

Institutional administrators identify qualified students and recommend them for direct admissions via secure file upload three times per academic year through a direct admission link. Connect through to establish the secure data upload site for your institution.  Decisions are processed, and students notified within 5-7 business days.

Naropa University protects students’ personally identifying information. Read more about our data security and privacy practices.

The student is currently enrolled and in good standing. In the case of graduated high school students—they have graduated but not yet enrolled in college courses post high school.

The student is in the top 25% of their class AND has a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

*If you have a student who would thrive at Naropa University but does not meet direct admission qualifications, please have them contact for an individual assessment by an admissions counselor.

Receiving Decisions

Students receive acceptance packs via email. The acceptance pack contains:

  • A provisional acceptance letter for undeclared undergraduate studies. Students are provisionally accepted until all required admissions documents (transcripts, and, if necessary, AP/CLEP test scores) are received.
  • An invitation to set up their official admissions account and provide the information needed to connect to federal financial aid awards.
  • Academic scholarship details—All students with a 3.0 or better receive an academic scholarship.
    • Academic Excellence—GPA of 3.5+ awards $10,000 per full academic year per student
    • Academic Honor—GPA of 3.0–3.49 awards $7,500 per full academic year per student
  • Contact information for their admissions counselor.

Next Steps for Admitted Students

After setting up an admissions account, we encourage students to connect with their admissions counselor to explore academic majors and minors, career outcomes, campus life, and contemplative education.

Setting up an admissions account allows students to gain access to their Naropa email account, campus intranet resources, and federal financial awards provided they have submitted a FAFSA.


For questions on the direct admissions pathway and/or to set up an institutional relationship with Naropa University, please contact Kelly Watt, Senior Director of Admissions and Alumnx Relations,

Questions? Give us a call today.

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Naropa Campuses Closed on Friday, March 15, 2024

Due to adverse weather conditions, all Naropa campuses will be closed Friday, March 15, 2024.  All classes that require a physical presence on campus will be canceled. All online and low-residency programs are to meet as scheduled.

Based on the current weather forecast, the Healing with the Ancestors Talk & Breeze of Simplicity program scheduled for Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday will be held as planned.

Staff that do not work remotely or are scheduled to work on campus, can work remotely. Staff that routinely work remotely are expected to continue to do so.

As a reminder, notifications will be sent by e-mail and the LiveSafe app.  

Regardless of Naropa University’s decision, if you ever believe the weather conditions are unsafe, please contact your supervisor and professors.  Naropa University trusts you to make thoughtful and wise decisions based on the conditions and situation in which you find yourself in.